New trial denied for killer convicted with bodies in yard

AP News
Posted: Sep 25, 2015 6:48 PM

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A judge has denied a new trial for a man convicted in the strangulation death of a pharmacist and his girlfriend more than a dozen years ago in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Forty-one-year-old Hugo Selenski was sentenced to life without parole plus 56 to 120 years in the May 2002 slayings of Michael Kerkowski and Tammy Lynn Fassett.

Selenski argued that the court should not have removed his chosen attorney and that prosecutors should have disclosed plans to "advocate" for his former girlfriend when she was sentenced.

Prosecutors said Selenski and a co-conspirator beat Kerkowski to compel him to reveal the location of tens of thousands of dollars he kept in his house, and then used flex ties to strangle him and Fassett. Authorities found their decomposing bodies about a year later on property where Selenski lived, along with at least three other sets of human remains.